Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson make our golfer of the year shortlist
By Sky Sports Golf
Last Updated: 03/12/16 8:56pm
As an action-packed 2016 golfing schedule draws to a close, we take a look at the potential contenders for player of the year from the past 12 months.
Henrik Stenson has had the greatest campaign of his career to date, collecting a maiden major title and the Olympic silver medal on his way to winning the season-long Race to Dubai.
The 40-year-old posted 12 worldwide top-10s, with Stenson easing to victory at the BMW International Open three weeks before claiming a historic three-shot win at The Open.
Stenson was narrowly beaten in a final-round tussle with Ryder Cup teammate Justin Rose at the Rio Olympics, before a runner-up finish at the WGC-HSBC Champions helped end 2016 as European No 1.
Swedish counterpart Alex Noren has won more silverware than any other European Tour player during 2016, reaching the winner's circle four times in the space of 11 tournaments.
Noren was ranked outside of the world's top 100 after missing the cut at the US Open, but responded with success at the Scottish Open and the European Masters.
A two-shot win at the British Masters extended his run, before the Swede produced a round-of-the-year contender on his way to a six-shot victory at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
Rory McIlroy was unable to win the Race to Dubai for a fourth time in five years, but still managed to win the highest year earnings of his career.
A stunning final-hole eagle secured McIlroy victory on home soil at the Irish Open, while a two-shot win at the Deutsche Bank Championship ended a 16-month winless run on the PGA Tour.
McIlroy then went on to prevail in a play-off at the season-ending Tour Championship, which secured him the FedExCup title and $10m bonus jackpot.
The Northern Irishman topped the PGA Tour standings ahead of Dustin Johnson, who registered three wins over 2016 and featured in Davis Love III's winning Ryder Cup side.
Johnson posted back-to-back victories in the summer, winning a first major at the US Open before claiming a one-shot win at the WGC-Bridgestone invitational.
The American celebrated further success at the BMW Championship, claiming a three-shot win over Paul Casey, before registering two points in the USA's 17-11 victory at Hazeltine.
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